Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz - 11/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (5-7) at Golden State Warriors (8-2)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz face the unenviable task of playing the Golden State Warriors at the ORACLE Arena tonight.
The Utah Jazz have lost seven of their first 12 games to start the season, but will be coming into tonight's game on a bit of a high after taking down the Thunder in a 98-81 rout on Tuesday. Alec Burks led the way with 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, but it as a real team effort as all five starters finished in double figures in scoring. The game didn't start too well for the Jazz after they fell behind by 23-14 after the first quarter, but Coach Snyder was able to spark the team when he blew his lid at the referees and received a technical. It was the kick in the pants that the young Jazz needed and they went on to dominate the Thunder the rest of the game. With the win, Utah improves to 5-7 on the season and 3-2 at home.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have started the season red-hot, winning eight of their first 10 games including their last three straight. The Warriors haven't played since Sunday, but they may not have had much game tape to review, because they blew away the hapless Lakers by 136-115 in an absolute rout. Stephen Curry absolutely gave the Lakers fits with 30 points and 15 assists with five treys, while Marreese Speights added a rapid-fire 24 points in just 20 minutes off the bench. In a game completely bereft of defense, the Warriors were able to pour in a ridiculous 74 points by halftime and 115 points at the end of the third quarter. It's hard not to be impressed by such a dominant performance because it was really only a case of the Lakers being that bad.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win, while the Warriors are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a win and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Let's cut to the chase. The Warriors are definitely winning this one, but can they cover the spread? Coming off such a long layoff, the Warriors could be a little rusty coming out of the gates, but I like their chances of pulling away in the second half and covering the spread.